Today is the 23rd anniversary of the bombing of Earth First!/ Wobbly organizer Judi Bari.
Judi was blown up by a pipe bomb placed under the seat of her car while she was on tour organizing for Redwood Summer–a summer-long campaign of direct action to save the last of the ancient redwoods in California. She was critically injured and permanently disabled as a result.
Judi Bari (center) walks on the beach in Northern California, supported by two friends. The bombing left her permanently disabled. Photo: Langelle
Judi was a close friend of Global Justice Ecology Project co-founders Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann. She passed away in 1997 from breast cancer. She was a visionary organizer who broke ground in bringing together mill workers and Earth First!ers to oppose the unsustainable logging of ancient redwood forests.
The FBI never found (or looked for) the person responsible for the bombing. They arrested Judi and her passenger and co-organizer Darryl Cherney for transporting explosives after the bombing. They were sued by Darryl and Judi’s children for violation of Judi and Darryl’s civil rights. The FBI was found guilty and forced to pay $4 million in damages.